Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Mort Sahl Biography (1927-)
Full name, Morton Lyon Sahl; born May 11, 1927, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada;son of Harry Sahl (a court reporter; later, an administrator for the FederalBureau of Investigation); married Sue Babior, June 25, 1955 (divorced, 1957);married China Lee; children: Morton Jr. Addresses: Agent--Irving Arthur Associates, 9363 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 212, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
- Birth Details
- May 11, 1927
- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
- The Mort Sahl Special, NBC, 1960.
- A Last Laugh at the Sixties, 1970.
- Comedy News, 1972.
- Dick Clark's Good Old Days: From Bobby Sox to Bikinis, NBC, 1977.
- All Star Party for Clint Eastwood, CBS, 1986.
- Jonathan Winters: On the Ledge, Showtime, 1987.
- Humor and the Presidency, HBO, 1987.
- "Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition" (documentary), American Masters, PBS, 1989.
- Laughing Matters (documentary; also known as Funny Business), Showtime, 1993.
- Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron, Arts and Entertainment, 1993.
- But...Seriously, Showtime, 1994.
- Appeared on Wide Wide World.
Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
- "Kiss Me Again, Stranger," Pursuit, CBS, 1958.
- The Big Party, CBS, 1959.
- "The Sport," Richard Diamond, Private Detective, CBS, 1959.
- The Jerry Lewis Show, ABC, 1963.
- That Was the Week That Was, NBC, 1964.
- Guest host, Evening at the Improv, syndicated, 1981.
- "JFK: A Personal Story" (documentary), Biography, Arts and Entertainment,1996.
- Appeared on episodes of The Steve Allen Show, NBC; The Jack Paar Show, NBC; The Eddie Fisher Show, NBC; The Tonight Show,NBC; Nightline, ABC; Thriller, NBC; and Emergency, NBC.
Credits; Other Television Appearances
- Comedy News II (pilot), ABC, 1973.
- Werner Fink, Inside the Third Reich (miniseries), ABC, 1982.
Credits; Film Appearances
- (Film debut) Danny Krieger, In Love and War, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
- Crane, All the Young Men, Columbia, 1960.
- Ben Morro, Johnny Cool, United Artists, 1963.
- Dan Ruskin, Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967.
- Sam Lingonberry, Don't Make Waves, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967.
- Lenny Bruce without Tears, 1971.
- The Hungry i Reunion (documentary), 1981.
- Uncle Mort, Nothing Lasts Forever, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984.
Credits; Stage Appearances
- The Next President (revue), Bijou Theatre, New York City, 1958.
- Mort Sahl on Broadway (solo show), Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1987.
- Comedy Tonight (revue), Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1994.
- Mort Sahl's America (solo show), Theatre Four, New York City, 1994, thenBoston, MA, 1997.
Credits; Radio Appearances; Series
- Talk show host on WRC-Radio, Washington, DC, 1978.
- Albums include The Future Lies Ahead, Mort Sahl 1960, A Way of Life, At the Hungry i, The Next President, and Great Moments in Comedy, all Verve Records; The New Frontier and On Relationships, both Reprise; Anyway Onward, Mercury; Mort Sahl at Sunset, Fantasy; and Sing a Song of Watergate: Apocryphal ofLie, GNP Crescendo.
- Videos include Hungry i Reunion Concert and Laughing Room Only.
- Heartland (autobiography), Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1976.
- Mort Sahl's America (solo stage show), Theatre Four, New York City, 1994.
- Contributor to magazines in Los Angeles, CA, and San Francisco, CA.
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